ATR 65 – White People and Hip Hop – 03/26/2007

Carmen hosts a roundtable discussion on white people and hip hop with Jason Tanz and Harry Allen. Jason is the author of Other People’s Property: A Shadow History of Hip-Hop in White America. He is senior editor at Fortune Small Business magazine, and his writing has appeared in the New York Times, Fortune, Spin, and Time Out New York. Harry Allen is host and producer of Non-Fiction on WBAI. He has been writing about hip hop for 20 years as a journalist and he is a long-time associate of legendary hip hop group Public Enemy.

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New Demographic is now on Twitter

by Carmen Van Kerckhove

If you follow geek news at all, you’ll probably have heard by now of Twitter.

What is it? Well, depends whom you ask.

Mitch Joel calls it permission-based stalking. Rafe Needleman describes it like this: “Twitter is an online service that enables you to broadcast short messages to your friends or “followers.” It also lets you specify which Twitter users you want to follow so you can read their messages in one place.” Be sure to check out Rafe’s excellent Newbie’s guide to Twitter.

I’ve been playing around with it for the past couple of weeks, and it is really addictive. So if you’d like to get updates from me, add me as a friend! My username is newdemographic.

You’ll get probably more than you ever wanted to know. What I happen to be doing at any particular time, my random musings, links to cool stuff I come across during the day, etc. You’ll get a sense from this:

Oh and don’t forget, New Demographic is also on MySpace, Facebook and YouTube:

MySpace
http://www.myspace.com/newdemographic

Facebook
http://www.facebook.com/p/Carmen_Van_Kerckhove/507207113

YouTube
http://youtube.com/profile?user=newdemo

Sat, Mar 31: Live Teleseminar on Myths About Interracial Relationships

Not Just Fetishists and Race Traitors:
Challenging the Ways We Look At Interracial Relationships

Date: Saturday, March 31, 2007
Time: 5:00 p.m. Eastern time / 2:00 p.m. Pacific time
Length: 60 minutes
Fee: $19.99 for either the live teleseminar or recording

Even after John and Yoko, and Heidi and Seal, interracial relationships are still considered taboo. Society’s discomfort is especially obvious in the media, where interracial couples are constantly exploited for eroticism or shock value. In this seminar, Carmen Van Kerckhove examines the historical origins of this tension and explore the common assumptions made about interracial couples. Carmen demonstrates that while race plays an undeniable role in shaping the dynamics within interracial relationships, it does so in far more complex and subtle ways than people may initially think.

Here are just some of the questions this teleseminar will address:

  • Why is there such a fascination with interracial sex? (try Googling “interracial” and see what you get)
  • What historical legacies have created ambivalence towards interracial relationships?
  • Why do people associate the race of your partner with your racial loyalty?
  • Why is it that images of interracial relationships are dominated by black/white couples, when in reality, blacks are the least likely among people of color to marry interracially?
  • Why are Asian women 3 times more likely to marry white men than Asian men are to marry white women?

As a bonus, all attendees will receive a free copy of the special report The 10 Biggest Trends in Race and Pop Culture.

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  • The recording will be made available within 5 business days of the teleseminar date.

Have a look at the PowerPoint slides for this teleseminar to get a sense of what we’ll be covering:

ATR 64 – Fox News attacks black America – 03/19/2007

Carmen is joined by guest co-host L’Heureux Lewis, who is also known as Dumi. Dumi is completing his PhD in Sociology and Public Policy at the University of Michigan. A native of West Haven, CT he received a Bachelor’s from Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA. In the fall, he will begin as an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Black Studies at the City College of New York. His research interests are wide ranging and he has studied racial identity, multiraciality in the color blind era, mental health functioning, racial discrimination, and educational inequality. More on his work can be found at his research web site. When not attempting to complete his dissertation, he blogs at BlackatMichigan.com.

On this episode, Dumi and Carmen discuss the call for Congressional Black Caucus Institute not to team up with Fox News to co-host its presidential debates. See the video “Fox News Attacks Black America.” They also discuss David Mills’ recent column in The Huffington Post in which he counted the top 10 most socially redeeming usages of the n-word in modern history.

This episode features the song “What’s That Buzzing?” by P.O.S., courtesy of Spectre Entertainment Group.

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ATR 63 – Race and Advertising – 03/12/2007

Carmen is joined by guest co-host Hadji Williams in this episode. Hadji Williams has spent over 15 years in the advertising and marketing worlds at Chicago and New York agencies great and small, including BBDO and FootSteps Group. Williams is also an educator, having taught over 20 introductory and advanced advertising courses at Columbia College Chicago. A recent Californian, Williams is also the author of the controversial KNOCK THE HUSTLE (2006), KTH: VoL. 2 (Fall 2007) and C.R.E.A.M. (Winter 2007). Currently Williams has launched ProdigalPen, Inc. Publishing, which is dedicated to sharing the stories of multicultural life.

On this episode, Hadji and Carmen discuss the lack of diversity in the advertising industry and how people of color can survive and thrive in corporate America.

This episode features the songs “Big Bidness” and “Such is Life” by Oddisee, courtesy of Spectre Entertainment Group.

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ATR 62 – AsianWeek’s ‘Why I Hate Blacks’ Column – 03/05/2007

Carmen is joined by guest co-host Kai Chang in this episode. Kai is a technology entrepreneur and progressive activist living and working in southwestern Connecticut and New York City. Kai was born in Buffalo, New York, grew up in Montreal, Canada, and Los Angeles, California, and attended college in San Diego, Hong Kong, and the Szechuan Province of China. He has worked as a professional software developer for the past 15 years. Kai blogs about politics and culture at www.zuky.net.

On this episode, Kai and Carmen discuss the recent controversy over Asianweek’s publication of an opinion piece titled “Why I Hate Blacks,” and the larger issue of alliance-building in the anti-racism movement.

This episode features the song “Song I Sing” by Loer Velocity, courtesy of Spectre Entertainment Group.

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